L-N public school report
October 15, 2020
Lawrence-Nelson Public Schools Mrs. Dana Epley, Principal
On Sept. 19, social studies classes at all locations celebrated Constitution Day, and will be celebrating Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Programs will be held with restrictions in place to avoid veterans intermingling with the students:
MS-HS program at 10:30 a.m., put on by Mr. Decker Brown and the seniors
Elementary program at 2:30 p.m., put on by the teachers and students
Preschool had their parent meeting via Zoom on Sept. 28, with several parents able to join in virtually.
The Book Fair didn’t bring in nearly the sales as it has in the past, as it was not held in conjunction with Grandparents’ Day and parents were not able to attend with their children.
On Sept. 30, the school was limited to five members attending virtually in a local training online called Safety Drills During COVID-19 plus Standard Response Protocol (SRP) and Safety Risk Management (SRM) Training. Nurse Jaycee Schroer, counselor Connie Porter, secretaries Alex Kucera and Amber Epley, and principal Dana Epley, attended the training through the I Love You Guys Foundation presented by John-MichaelKeyes, the co-founder and executive director of the foundation. The session covered safety drills while social distancing, crisis communications and Incident Command Systems (ICS) training, and the new COVID dashboard, which is an interactive, data-based tool to see the COVID-19 situation in our district.
On Oct. 5, the seniors worked with Mrs. Porter, as well as previously working with Education Quest for Apply 2 College Day. Students met both virtually and in person with college representatives. A total of 51 college applications were completed.
Parent-Teacher conferences were held virtually last Wednesday, with elementary parents being assigned a time to meet online and MS-HS parents given links for all MS-HS teachers available from 2 to 8 p.m., so they could discuss student concerns, or teachers could reach out to parents during this time for students who were at risk of failing or had missing work.
PBIS Action Plans have been submitted for review for the state. The action plans detail what the staff feels are areas for improvement, and this year, we used the COVID guidelines that we had integrated into our current PBIS expectations for events-activities, transportation, and in the school buildings.
There are now two grow towers in the high school library which the FFA chapter has planted lettuce, herbs and greens in for the cafeteria salad bar. The eighth grade ag class and the Intro to Ag class will be monitoring the pH and will be learning about plant life cycles. The eighth graders will be harvesting the towers for the school kitchen to use.
The Lawrence-Nelson FFA Range students participated in a Mock Contest put on by the Little Blue NRD, Herbon NRCS, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Nuckolls-Thayer Extension.
Today (Thursday) administrators will be attending the NDE School Improvement Support Meeting offered through ESU 9.
Pink Out Night and Parents’ Night will be held for the football team. L-N will be hosting BDS in both a volleyball triangular and a football game on this night (VB in Nelson; FB in Lawrence). The volleyball team had their Parents’ Night and Pink Out Night on Tuesday against Blue Hill in Nelson.
Friday: End of the first quarter.
Saturday: TVC VB Tournament in Blue Hill - each player is limited to eight presale tickets with no general admission at the door.
Monday: TVC volleyball tournament will be holding its consolation and championship games in Blue Hill.
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Flu shots will be offered to all staff in Lawrence from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23: State Cross Country at UNK.
Monday, Oct. 26: Sub-District volleyball tournament begins.
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Administrators will attend the ESU 9 Empowering Leaders Series; preschool parent meeting (virtual).
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Flu shots will be offered to MS-HS students and staff in Nelson by Brodstone Memorial Hospital. All students must have the waiver completed in order to get the shot.
Saturday, Nov. 7: JH wrestling season begins in Superior at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4: FFA Fall Contest will be virtual this year and will have various diderent contests for the members to compete in. Currently there is a natural resources team, farm-ranch business team, a nursery landscape team, a meat team and an Ag communications team. Teams continue to have practices to prep for this virtual contest.
Wednesday, Nov. 11: MS-HS Veterans’ Day program at 10:30 a.m.; Elementary Veterans’ Day program at 2:30 p.m. This is the same date as the next board of education meeting in Nelson.
Monday, Nov. 9: Last day of trimester 1 and the last day for 6th grade to travel to NCAPS; the 7th graders will begin traveling to NCAPS for exploratories the following day.
Nov. 14: FBLA Turkey Trot 5K in Nelson Harbine Park, starting at 8 a.m. Register through Ashley Wit at [email protected] The cost is $25 per person and registration forms will be coming soon.
Nov. 16: Winter sports’ seasons begin
FBLA members are working with donors from the Community Action Partnership, Superior Community Corp., Superior Junior-Senior High School, and the Lawrence-Nelson FBLA to provide coats for kids.
This group of officers also attended the Fall Leadership Conference virtually this year, and will soon be having their community cares basket deliveries (for those less fortunate, a family can be nominated through contacting sponsor Ashley Wit) and their pumpkin decorating contest at the preschool and elementary.
Sophomores normally would have attended Connect the Dots in Hastings by now, but we have moved this event to next semester.
Grandparents’ Day would normally have been held by now, but we are hoping we are able to hold it in the spring. Last year, approximately 120 grandparents were in attendance.
FCA normally would have attended the Fields of Faith Assembly as well as had several Fifth Quarter events by this time, but with COVID-19 in full swing, this has yet to happen this year. The group is still meeting biweekly with Mr. Hild during FOCUS time.
Beef in the Schools Update
Tickets are on sale now for $3 per ticket or $20 for a pack of 10 tickets with the following prizes available:
First place: Prime Rib and Steak Bundle by L-N Beef at School ($550 value)
Second place: Hoofy’s Guns $500 Gift Certifcate
Third place: Prime Rib and Steak Bundle by L-N Beef at School ($550 value)
Fourth place: Prime Rib and Steak Bundle by L-N Beef at School ($550 value)
Fifth Place: Superior Ace Hardware $250 Gift Certifcate
Sixth Place: 4-Wheeler Sprayer from Nutrien Ag in Superior ($250 value)
The drawing will be held at the home football game today, Oct. 15, in Lawrence. You need not be present to win!
Tickets are available in either school odice or by contacting:
Amanda Ostdiek (402.768.4161)
Laura Elledge (402.984.6604)
Alishia Ostdiek (402.879.5075)
Brad Bargen (402.469.4335)
Brooke Mazour (402.984.4996)
Dan Laughlin (402.621.0198)
Mike Wehrman (402.314.1222)
Ken Ostdiek (402.984.6963)
Joel Livgren (402.984.5544)
The committee is rotating between the two sites to serve a meal and offer beef education to the students, as well as the students being encouraged to help with the educational piece.